will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas spoke with MTV News while on the set of ‘Check It Out’ with Nicki Minaj, saying that the Young Money newcomer inspired him while they were in the studio. “I work with a lot of artists, and say you work with an artist that didn’t push to bring the best out,” Will explained as he turned to Nicki Minaj “That [wasn’t the case with ‘Check It Out’] because I was hanging with you and I heard your record and I heard your verse. So I was like, ‘I got to take it to the next level now.’ ‘Cause usually you mess with cats and there is no next level, because they don’t inspire the next level. So she inspired the next level. So push it. You went 5 miles, then you better go 100.” Watch the comments via MTV.com below the cut.